• IN REPLY TO PUV DRIVERS’ PROTEST

    Free rides on govt buses today

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    Free rides on government buses and 6×6 trucks will be available to the public today, Monday, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in response to a strike by public utility vehicles (PUVs).

    Meanwhile, rides on private buses can be availed by passengers of on a minimal fare.

    The STOP & GO Transport Coalition earlier announced a “Tigil-Pasada” on February 6 in protest against a proposed phaseout of jeepneys and other public utility vehicles of PUVs, among other isues.

    The No to Jeepney Phase Out Coalition and PISTON transport groups have expressed their support to the mass action but clarified that they will not be able to join because they will be holding an organizational meeting.

    The two transport groups also made an invitation to STOP & GO head Jun Magno to organize a wider protest and possible Tigil-Pasada on another date, according to George San Mateo, president of PISTON.

    San Mateo said Magno accepted his invitation.

    KING OF THE ROAD Jeepney drivers line up for passengers on Sunday in Manila’s Quiapo district. A transport group had announced that it would suspend its operations today in protest against a proposed phaseout of jeeneys and other public utility vehicles or PUVs that are 15 years and older. PHOTO BY ROGER RAÑADA

    The LTFRB said 4,800 military and police officers and non-uniformed officers and employees of the LTFRB, Department of Transportation, Philippine Coast Guard, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Public Works and Highways and Office for Transportation Security will be deployed to ensure public safety.

    It reminded PUV operators that the no-strike policy is still in effect in accordance with Memorandum Circular 2011-004.

    “The PUV operator shall not resort to cessation of service as a sign or demonstration of protest vs any government decision or action under pain of suspension or cancellation of the authority to operate granted by the board nor shall the PUV operator tolerate, allow or authorize personnel to join others committing acts prejudicial to the riding public, including but not limited to, paralyzing transport services by intimidation, coercion or violence,” as stated in the memorandum circular.

    Applicable penalties shall be imposed by the board for failure of PUV operators to comply, the LTFRB warned.

    The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) is bracing itself for today’s suspension of PUV operations, meeting with MMDA, Land Transportation Office-National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Traffic Management Group-NCR, Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety, PISTON STOP & GO and other concerned offices and groups.

    The preparation also includes deployment of sufficient numbers of policemen to different areas where operators and drivers will stage their protests to ensure peace and order.

    “They will be deployed as early as 5 a.m. on Monday to at least 16 convergent points in Quezon City to monitor the situation, especially stranded passengers. These areas include Muñoz, Balintawak, Commonwealth-Litex, Commonwealth-IBP Road, Philcoa, Quezon Avenue-Centris, Welcome Rotunda, Tandang Sora-Commonwealth, Quirino Highway-Zabarte Road, Santolan-Crame, Aurora Boulevard-Annapolis and Timog-Tomas Morato,” Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, QCPD director, said over the weekend.

    WITH JING VILLAMENTE

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    5 Comments

    1. up to now we still have jeepneys and tricycles. Both are smoke belching vehicles with reckless drivers very dangerous in the road. these two mode of transportation should be banned as we have now modern transportation system. the presence of these two are signs of backwardness still lingering the country’s system. Look at our neighboring countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia they have no triccyles or jeepneys.

    2. There is not one good reason why a city of 20 million people like Manila and Cebu still keep the Jeepney.it doesn’t not bring any economic benefit or environment friendly to a modern city. Manila already has too much pollution and traffic jam. it will effect human health in the long run, disease , short life span. People could save money, time , energy by riding electric bicycle and motorbike.

    3. 15 years old JEEPNEY to phase out?

      HEY’ WE ARE NOT RICH COUNTRY to follow like other country is doing. Be considerate! Go to the mirror and look at your self & ask if your are doing good to poor Filipino people.

      I will dare to say. if this new government (Philippines) can improve with-in 10 years & no more poor person. There is no one will use old Jeepney.. I can assure this!

    4. DONT JUST PHASE OUT OLD JEEPNEY.. PHASE OUT CURUPT FLTRB / MMDA / LTO. We need to do proper guidline for those old jeepney & not to take out from their rice bowl…till Filipino poverty has been fixed. CHANGE IS COMING.

      Government need to consider until Filipinos improved their standard of living. ( of course by the government )

    5. For the government, just take over the whole transport industry for now. Get all new bus configuration (low board, fully automatic, like the UBE express, airport bus service). Get some MMDA traffic enforcers, military personnel to be drivers. These Jeepney operators (small, individual) if they will not bind together and have better alternative than the jeepneys should be not be on the street. They should find modern alternative to old jeepney design. There are already modern alternative like, E-COMET, and BEEP that some Jeepney operators are already presenting. More professional and modern service alternative than the old aging jeepney. Government should not be held hostage by these scrupulous jeepney drivers and operators. Time to modernize your operation and management.